Alberta Hunter, vocals. Jimmy Lewis, bass. Gerald Cook, piano.
Label: Rock Beat Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 089353302429. Daedalus Item Code: 69181
Having quit the music business in order to work in the medical industry, Alberta Hunter staged a triumphant comeback in 1976 when she was in her 80s, becoming a fixture at the Greenwich Village club, ... (Read More)
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B.B. King with Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Glenn Frey, Roger Daltrey, Elton John & others.
Label: Geffen Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 602498842461. Daedalus Item Code: 69335
It isn't a party unless your friends are there, and for his 80th birthday, B.B. King assembled some high-caliber friends indeed. Encompassing some of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner's ... (Read More)
Queen Latifah, Carmen Twillie, Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven, Fats Waller & His Rhythm & others.
Label: Legacy. Format: CD.
UPC: 888750997029. Daedalus Item Code: 59442
Queen Latifah portrays Bessie Smith in the 2015 HBO biopic Bessie, and on this soundtrack to the film, Latifah pays tribute to the Empress of the Blues on "Young Woman's Blues," "Work House ... (Read More)
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From 1942 to 1951, Louis Jordan had 18 No. 1 hits on the R&B charts, with music that reflected his African American roots while appealing strongly to mixed audiences. Drawing on small-group swing, ... (Read More)
Bonnie Raitt, guitar & vocals. George Marinelli, guitar. James Hutchinson, bass. Ricky Fataar, percussion, & others.
Label: Redwing Records. Format: CD.
UPC: 0858362003173. Daedalus Item Code: 69099
Having won her tenth career Grammy for 2013's Slipstream, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt shows no signs of slowing down. On her 20th release, the veteran blues great is as convincing ... (Read More)
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Although Buddy Guy's music is often labeled Chicago Blues, his style is unique and distinctive. With Otis Rush on second guitar, Guy began his recording career in 1958 with 45s of "Sit and Cry (The ... (Read More)
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Bessie Smith, vocals. Clarence Williams, piano. Robert Robbins, violin. Louis Armstrong, cornet, & others.
Label: Columbia. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 074646492222. Daedalus Item Code: 59443
This two-disc, 36-song set takes this oft-imitated, never surpassed singer from her first recordings in 1923 to her final session in 1933. With all selections remastered, the "Empress of the Blues" ... (Read More)
Big Joe Williams, Maxwell Street Jimmy, Sunnyland Slim, John Lee Granderson, Little Brother Montgomery & others.
Label: Fuel 2000 Records. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 030206200522. Daedalus Item Code: 57465
Although Chicago was no longer the blues mecca in the 1960s, many of its most noteworthy practitioners were still going strong, as heard on these 20 acoustic tracks. Sounding fiery and spontaneous, ... (Read More)
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Etta James, vocals. Gene Miller, trumpet. Floyd Newman, saxophone. Carl Banks, organ. Roger Dawkins, drums, & others.
Label: Chess. Format: CD.
UPC: 008811251826. Daedalus Item Code: 69344
"I don't know who that girl is," said Nat Cole when the voice of Etta James wafted from a jukebox, "but she's one of the finest singers I ever heard." James brings the emotional intensity of gospel ... (Read More)
As close to being the embodiment of the blues as anyone who ever lived, Howlin' Wolf sounds as powerful and unvarnished as always on these 1950s sessions, later released as part of the anthology ... (Read More)